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NCAA Game Summary - Connecticut at Louisville



(Friday, September 26th)

Final Score: Connecticut 26, Louisville 21

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Lawrence Wilson took back an interception 45 yards for a touchdown with under three minutes to go, giving Connecticut a 26-21 victory over Louisville to start 5-0 for the second consecutive season.

Playing without starting quarterback Tyler Lorenzen for most of the game after he reportedly broke his right foot, UConn (5-0, 1-0 Big East) running back Donald Brown picked up the slack, running for 190 yards and a score on 33 carries. Brown came into the game leading the nation in yards per game with 179, as he has rushed for at least 146 yards in each game this season.

"I couldn't be more proud with the football team and coaches and everybody involved," UConn head coach Randy Edsall said. "We stunk in the first half. And we got things straight and shut them out in the second half. We scored on defense and made a couple of big stops at the end."

X-rays reportedly revealed a fracture in Lorenzen's foot after he headed to the locker room following Brown's touchdown run in the second quarter. The report said the quarterback is likely to be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Backup quarterback Zach Frazer completed 8-of-15 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown, and wideout Darius Butler caught three passes for 40 yards and a score. The Huskies were able to pull out the victory despite gaining only 279 yards, compared to Louisville's 508.

"It happened in a flash," Frazer said about his first appearance of the season. "One second I'm standing there listening to the headphones. Next thing, I'm putting my helmet on and going in. My team had my back the whole way and I appreciate that."

Hunter Cantwell went 17-for-29 for 247 yards and a score, but he threw two costly interceptions for Louisville (2-2, 0-1). Bilal Powell ran 11 times for 112 and scored a touchdown, while Victor Anderson ran for 100 yards and a score on 19 carries while catching an 18-yard touchdown pass.

"I feel like we let the game get away," Cantwell said. "UConn played well, they are a very good football team, but we still feel like we are a pretty good football team, as well. We just had some breakdowns. We had to win that game, we should have won that game."

Doug Beaumont caught six passes for 106 yards for the Cardinals, and Josh Chichester had seven receptions for 63 yards.

Louisville looked to run out the clock after UConn climbed within one with just under six minutes to go, but, on 3rd-and-7 from their own 40, Cantwell threw a costly interception that Wilson ran back 45 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, giving UConn a 26-21 lead with just 2:45 to go after the two-point conversion failed.

"I read the quarterback, and they had been throwing the slant all night, so I just jumped the slant route and took it," Wilson said. "When you go up like that on a play, when it's unexpected, we're the defense and we have to stop them. If they score, it's on us and that's hard on our offense."

Cantwell looked to take the Cardinals down the field for the game-winning score late in the game. Starting on their own 34, Cantwell completed passes of 18 and 16 yards to Chichester to get to UConn's 48. A couple plays later on 3rd-and-7, a Cantwell pass went right through the hands of Chichester. On fourth down UConn was able to knock down a pass over the middle to get the ball back.

The Cardinals got the ball back with under 30 seconds to play, but Cantwell was intercepted with seven seconds left to secure the Huskies' victory.

Tony Ciaravino got UConn on the board six minutes into the game, nailing a 47- yard field goal to go up 3-0.

In the second, the Huskies used eight consecutive rushes to amass 71 yards, culminating in Brown's one-yard score for a 10-0 advantage with 9:23 left in the half.

Louisville answered right away, though, as Anderson ran for a two-yard touchdown to cap a seven-play 80-yard drive. Cantwell went 2-for-2 for 42 yards as the Cardinals pulled to within three with six minutes to go in the quarter.

Cantwell was able to give Louisville the lead going into halftime. After a punt, the Cardinals started at their own 12 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Cantwell was able to convert two consecutive third downs with completions of eight and 16 yards, respectively. After a timeout, Trent Guy caught a 24-yard pass to go down to the Huskies' 24, and a couple plays later Cantwell found Anderson for an 18-yard touchdown and a 14-10 advantage at the break.

The Cardinals widened their lead in the third. After forcing the Huskies to punt, Anderson and Powell ran seven straight times for 55 yards, as Powell got in the end zone on a five-yard run. The touchdown gave Louisville a 21-10 lead just five minutes into the half.

UConn pulled within four with 4:19 to go in the third quarter. Frazer completed a nine-play, 72-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Butler, making it a 21-17 game heading into the final stanza.

The Huskies looked to take the lead with under six minutes in the game but could not convert after having 1st-and-goal from the seven-yard line, instead settling for a 29-yard Ciaravino field goal to cut the deficit to one.

09/27 01:23:15 ET


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